The city councils of Omaha, Texas and Naples, Texas debated and voted on similar ordinances on September 9, declaring abortion to be murder and preventing the abortion industry from doing business within their cities’ jurisdictions. The ordinances do not penalize women who seek or undergo abortions.
The Omaha ordinance passed unanimously, and the ordinance in Naples passed with a 5-1 vote. These are the second and third cities in Texas to pass an effective city ordinance, not just a ceremonial Pro-Life resolution.
The ordinances both unequivocally condemn the United States Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized elective abortion. Local Pro-Life citizens supported the measure because they believe communities across the state and nation should take a stand against the injustice of elective abortion.
Texas is a target for the abortion industry. Other southern states like Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia have enacted strong Pro-Life protections for unborn children, while the Texas State Legislature did nothing in their latest legislative session to ban abortions.
Texas Right to Life was proud to be present and to testify in favor of both ordinances. Texas Right to Life Legislative Associate Katherine Pitcher clarified for the Naples City Council that “the ordinance does not contradict the Constitution; rather, it is carefully drafted to protect your preborn citizens from abortion and to protect your city from a lawsuit.”
Pro-Life Texans applaud these city councils for their bold defense of Life, and urge other communities across the state to adopt similar measures to protect their unborn residents. Citizens who want to make their town a Sanctuary City for the Unborn can contact Texas Right to Life.